listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down where he’d been. Then the Lord came and stood there, calling just as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel said, “Speak. Your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:8-10 CEB
If you are listening, and recognizing that God is calling you, it becomes a powerful hold on you life. Now that doesn’t mean when you hear God calling you will become a pastor. That just happened to be the case for me. God had called me at a very early age, and then just kept on calling. At first I was unsure who was calling and later, like Moses, I ran from the calling as fast and as far as I could. But, as fate would have it, a strong call from God finally ends in surrender. Or should I say begins in surrender.
So here I am. I had retired in 2016, for 30 months when God called again and I spent 10 months that turned into 22 months as interim pastor at St. Johns UMC in Kingman Arizona. I was ready to retire again but God had other plans for me. I got the call from Nancy Cushman our West District Superintendent. And here I am. Once again I can feel Gods call on my life and all I can say is, Yes! Here I am, Lord.
I look forward to our journey together and pray that God’s call is strong in each of your lives. And when you might feel that you are not quite feeling it; know that God’s Spirit is with you. That also means that I am with you, the leadership of Chino Valley UMC is with you, and the whole congregation is with you. Can I get an Amen. All of us together are the hands and feet and eyes and heart of Christ. Are you ready for an incredible journey? I know I am. Let’s go!!
Grace and Peace In Christ
Pastor Bob Gilfert